The arts play an important role in the balanced life of Trafalgar Castle School students. Music, drama and fine art are not superficial trimmings but rather key elements of the educated mind and the whole self. They offer a fuller understanding of human culture and thought and open new ways of seeing the world for our girls. They also develop mental skills that carry over into academic learning. Best of all, Trafalgar girls glow with joy while participating in our choirs, bands, theatre productions and art clubs!
In this increasingly interconnected world, students need to be global citizens who understand different cultures, perspectives and ways of being in the world. Not only do the arts provide insight into the history of human development, they foster cultural awareness and an appreciation of diversity. As our girls create and interact with different art forms, their understanding and sharing of culture grows. Greater awareness and respect for others – and for all that creative expression allows – expands as a result.
Research reveals that an arts education develops the intellect as much as inter-cultural understanding. In tapping into the creative processes, students nourish their sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional and motor capabilities, all of which enhance academic learning. Improvements in mathematics, science and language have been noted in students who play music, engage in drama and work in the fine arts. Creative problem-solving is one of the most in-demand mental skills today, in school and in the workplace, and engagement with the arts boosts that capacity.
The fun factor of making music, performing plays and creating works of art may be the greatest motivator for our girls! Many of our alumnae have the fondest memories of performing with their friends or developing their creative talent. Tight bonds between Trafalgar girls – here and after graduation – develop when friends laugh together as they learn to create beautiful things. This may be why engaging in the arts also builds confidence and self-esteem. But if you ask our girls, they’ll just say “it’s so fun!”